Mark the evangelist brings parishes together

On Sunday, Oct. 11, a presentation of the Gospel of Mark will take place at Holy Name of Jesus, Mullica Hill, that participants hope will not only enlighten and inspire those in attendance, but also bring together three parish communities that will soon become one.

Holy Name, St. Joseph (Woodstown), and St. Ann (Elmer) are currently in the process of merging, with the primary worship site in Mullica Hill.

Ten lectors from the three parishes, five men and five women, will read portions of the Gospel, enhanced with music and visuals from the parish Music Ministry and Art and Environment Committee.

“We’re beginning the movement, of becoming one family,” said Father Anthony DiBardino, pastor of Holy Name. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm.”

“A long progression of deepening interest led to this presentation,” he said.

The Gospel of Mark was covered earlier this year in the parish’s Bible study program.

It is the shortest of the four Gospels and most scholars consider it the oldest, dating it to 70 A.D. Also, scholars generally accept that Mark influenced the authors of the Gospels of both Matthew and Luke

Joe Robinette, a parishioner of Holy Name and a published playwright, will direct the presentation. “The Book of Mark is one of the most important” in the Bible,” he said. “The presentation will add dimension to the Word. We’ll be just behind the Word, (instead of) in front of it.”

The performance, from 3-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, will include a short intermission. Afterward, there will be coffee and conversation. For information, contact Joe at 856-223-0158.

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